Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 17 January 2018

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JERWOOD/PHOTOWORKS AWARDS: Death, belonging and the fragility of the natural world are themes you can pick out of photos in this group show. The three featured photographers were whittled down from more than 350 artists and through the prize receive funding and support in their careers. Jerwood Space, free, just turn up, until 11 March

PAPER CACTUS MAKING: No matter if you can't keep the real thing alive, just head to Paperchase to make your own pretty paper succulent. Paperchase (Tottenham Court Road), £10, book ahead, 1pm-2pm

CULTURE UNDER FIRE: Does your heart sink every time you hear about the destruction or looting of places of cultural/historical significance? This talk discusses the value of cultural property, the risks of protecting it and who is responsible for rebuilding once conflict ends. LSE, free, just turn up (first come first served), 6.30pm-8pm

#METOO SHORT FILM SCREENING: Event organiser Lukrecija Vaupsaite says “Bearing in mind the most recent events of sexual harassment, it is important to get together and show that women are not on their own – at the same time to encourage talented young female filmmakers to come forward to show their work,” so that's exactly what you'll find at this night of shorts dedicated to all the X chromosomers out there. Cafe 1001 (Shoreditch), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

SECRETS OF SINGING: Love warbling in the shower but lacking the confidence or know-how to take your voice to the stage? Then get your vocal chords to this group singing class, where you'll pick up the X-Factor in no time. Shoreditch Radio, donation, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

See short films about females, which have been produced/directed by females.

EAST END PAINTERS: Brush up on your East End history and admire the art of those who lived in, loved and painted the area in this illustrated talk from The Gentle Author, who takes examples from the recently published East End Vernacular. Bishopsgate Institute, £7/£5, book ahead, 7pm

SOUNDSTAGE: The Soundstage sees high profile figures from film, music and TV interviewed in a relaxed setting. Tonight hear stories from art director Kevin Jenkins (whose accolades stretch from Star Wars to Guardians of the Galaxy) and comedian and actor Simon Day. The Others (Stoke Newington), £15, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

CAUGHT BY THE RIVER: The social club for cultural butterflies is back with a special edition dedicated to the river Mersey and Liverpool. Expect interesting chat, a curated Mersey-inspired playlist and film screenings. The Social (Oxford Circus), £7, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

SKETCH NIGHT: Prepare for jaw-achingly funny shorts encompassing a ventriloquist’s dummy, the smear test from hell, a lesson in, er, conceptual art appreciation, and, of course, the ubiquitous toilet humour sketch interspersed with live comedy acts. Moth Club, £13, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

BACKYARD CINEMA: If immersive cinema screenings are your thing, don't miss this collaboration between Secret London and Backyard Cinema. You'll enter some sort of snow kingdom, before settling down in front of Mrs Doubtfire with a bag of popcorn in your lap and a cocktail in hand. Backyard Cinema (Elephant & Castle), £17, book ahead, 8.30pm-11pm

Good cause of the day: Can you help save the Bethnal Green Mulberry Tree?

It's a familiar story; developers buy land, knock down everything on it, build luxury flats. However, a spanner has been thrown into the works Crest Nicholson had planned for the London Chest Hospital plot. The Gentle Author and a 5,000 strong petition are attempting to stop the developer from digging up an historic Mulberry tree, which still flourishes on the site. Sign the petition and send your letters of objection to Tower Hamlets Council (details here). It would be such a shame for the tree to survive a second world war bombing only to be ripped out by a JCB.

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London's Grime & Punishment Tour


Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way.    Get tickets

Unlock Urban Camden: Street Art Tour


Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets

Hidden London Tour


Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

The Ultimate Harry Potter London Tour


Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets